Dave Mustaine Names His Favorite Metallica Song

For a long time, Dave Mustaine didn't have a favorite Metallica song, because he didn't want to listen to his former band.

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For a long time, Dave Mustaine didn't have a favorite Metallica song, because he didn't want to listen to his former band. The guitarist-singer, who went on to form Megadeth, was fired from Metallica early on and replaced by Kirk Hammett.

"I had to do a lot of coming to terms with myself in order to listen to Metallica", he told Revolver. "Before, whenever I heard them, it triggered me in my mind to get up on my soapbox and spit out complaints of what had happened to me. And then once I finally realized, 'Dave, you're lucky, you're blessed, you're in a great band, you're in another great band'. I finally just said, 'You're missing it'".

Once Mustaine came around on Metallica, he gravitated to one song in particular.

"And I remember hearing this song when I was talking to Lars [Ulrich] once and telling him this is my favorite song off the 'Black Record'. And he goes, 'Really? [Expletive], man'. It was 'The Unforgiven'", he said.

"I liked it because I thought this was really the first time I've ever really heard James [Hetfield] sing. He had sung before, and he was a great singer. But that was the first time I ever heard him really, really sing."

Megadeth and Metallica will join Slayer and Anthrax at the Big Four show at Yankee Stadium in New York City on September 14.

Thanks for the report to Bryan Wawzenek, Gibson.com

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    livinoffaprayer
    wicked_hobbit wrote: My favourite Metallica song is Battery, though it totally rips off Sum 41's Bitter End.
    Sum 41 didn't even form until 10 years after Master of Puppets (the album "Battery" is from) was released. You've done your trolling, now GTFO
    Eirien
    metalhed0294 wrote: ...And Justice For All... or maybe Dyers Eve... or Harvester of Sorrow... I don't know, but it's definately off that album.
    +1 And Justice is far beyond anything else they've ever done if you ask me.
    Juninho2v
    My Favorite Metallica song is probably a tie between Master Of Puppets, Battery, One and The Unforgiven.
    metalhed0294
    ...And Justice For All... or maybe Dyers Eve... or Harvester of Sorrow... I don't know, but it's definately off that album.
    livinoffaprayer
    T-Unit33 wrote: I'm going to get trolled for this...but my favorite Metallica song is King Nothing...
    Nothing wrong with that. "King Nothing" was a pretty good song. I don't really like much from Load or Reload though.
    T-Unit33
    I'm going to get trolled for this...but my favorite Metallica song is King Nothing...
    JoeVro/BCRich
    DejaSenti wrote: I really liked the Black Record. But my favourite Metallica album would have to be Ruler of Puppets.
    Ruler of puppets? You mean master dumb****
    MONSTA42
    AnnihilationUK wrote: i'm surprised he didn't name one he had written... I love Megadave really Favorite Metallica song.... hmmmm tough one! HARVESTER OF SORROW!
    C-c-c-combo breaker!
    slaveskinJACKET
    dimlight2 wrote: My Favorite Metallica song is AMERICAN BAD ASS!!! JAJAJA!!! But Seriously i think has to be Fade To Black and Creeping Death. One is in second.
    Which one is in second?
    PhilippeM
    "Megadeth and Metallica will join Slayer and Anthrax at the Big Four show at Yankee Stadium in New York City on September 14." This should say "Anthrax, Slayer, and Megadeth will join Metallica at Yankee Stadium"
    georgebushguy79
    Jc447 wrote: My favorite Metallica song is 'The Mechanix'
    really? The Four Horsemen is 10x better lyrically and has two awesome solos.
    Naruto00121
    My favourite song by metallica will always be Trapped under ice... but Ride the lightning is pretty kickass too... ummmmm
    BOYERxBREAKDOWN
    MONSTA42 wrote: AnnihilationUK wrote: i'm surprised he didn't name one he had written... I love Megadave really Favorite Metallica song.... hmmmm tough one! HARVESTER OF SORROW! C-c-c-combo breaker!
    I love you for this.
    Eclectic Lizard
    Hmmm...Disposable Heroes, Metal Militia, Blackened or Damage Inc...tough choice man...Gonna have to go with (whisper) Damage Incorporated
    5150 Beagle
    SO WHAT! haha just kidding my favorite Metallica song would have to be "All Nightmare Long" ("HUNT YOU DOWN WITHOUT MERCY!)
    Omniphallica
    Disposable Heroes, when Cliff's bass cuts in over that riff of triplet infected bad-assery... and the texture of the leads ...and THE TRUTH OF THE LYRICS! War IS Hell! Only a lying-ass, soulless, quota-fetching recruiter would lead you to believe otherwise.
    smittyanthrax
    AnnihilationUK wrote: NHECOS wrote: Strange... no Load or Reload songs in people favorites!!! Anyway... to me it's probably Enter Sandman or The Call of the Ktulu. Someone said King Nothing
    I was going to say hero of the day or thorn within but in the end i went for and justice for all.
    AnnihilationUK
    NHECOS wrote: Strange... no Load or Reload songs in people favorites!!! Anyway... to me it's probably Enter Sandman or The Call of the Ktulu.
    Someone said King Nothing
    Korgull
    Mechanix off the No Life 'Til Leather demo, best release Metallica ever put out, and the best version of the song. When James' vocals actually ruled and Dave was on guitar.